Volunteers in Mission: Deo Gratias

We are accepting applicants for 2024-2025 sessions

4-Month Session
Sep – Dec 2024
Jan – Apr 2025

10-Month Session
Sep 2024 – Jun 2025

8-Week Summer Session
Jun – Jul 2024
Jul – Aug 2024
Jun – Jul 2025
Jul – Aug 2025

Areas of Service

Deo Gratias Café: Serve guests while offering a ministry of presence by listening to people, learning about the neighborhood and identifying additional needs.

Food Pantry: Stock shelves, pick up donations, help guests make food selections.

Literacy Program: Work one-on-one with adults or children to assess and help build their reading skills.

Community Garden: Plant, harvest and share fresh produce to provide healthy food to the neighborhood.

Art Program: Interact with guests as they explore various mediums and create artwork.

Programs are offered for limited times throughout the week — volunteers will help us expand programming.


We are seeking volunteers ages 18-26 to:

  • live on-site independently in a community setting participating in cleaning and meal preparation
  • volunteer 40 hours each week
  • participate in or be respectful of daily prayer
  • share volunteer experiences through a daily reflection
  • complete and submit the Deo Gratias Application with references
  • be interviewed and complete a background check, medical exam and drug-screening
  • complete a program for the protection of vulnerable people (Protecting God’s Children, Mandated Reporter Training, etc.)


  • Private bedroom in an urban residence in Corktown, Detroit, MI
  • Room, board and living expenses
  • Access to a communal car and car insurance
  • Monthly stipend
  • Retreat at the 240-acre Maryville Retreat Center on Lake Elliott in Holly, MI
  • Vacation and holiday time

For questions, contact:
Julie Darocha
Volunteers in Mission Coordinator

Deo Gratias Ministry Detroit is a 501c(3) organization founded by the Felician Sisters in 2018 to provide social services for those facing significant economic and social challenges. Through a ministry of presence, sisters at Deo Gratias help find solutions to make the community a safe and happy place.

Serving where needed since 1874

Founded in Poland in 1855, the Felician Sisters are a congregation of women religious inspired by the spiritual ideals of their foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, and Saints Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Felix of Cantalice. Arriving in North America in 1874 following Blessed Mary Angela’s directive “to serve where needed,” they helped to weave the social service system. Today, the Felician Sisters founded, sponsor or support through the presence of our sisters, more than 40 ministries – all continuing to evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve.

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  • Felician Sisters of North America is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
  • EIN 27-1282473
Felician Sisters of North America